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Voting closes across the UK for local and mayoral elections



The count begins for the 2024 local elections

Polls are now closed and counting has started in local councils across England and Wales, as Sadiq Khan hopes to be re-elected London mayor for a third term in 2024.

Some results will be released as early as tomorrow, but Mayoral results will take a bit longer, with London’s expected to be announced on Saturday evening.

Mr Khan is up against candidates including Conservative Susan Hall, Zoe Garbett of the Greens and Lib Dem Rob Blackie.

Throughout the campaign they have clashed on issues including crime, housing and the controversial expansion of the city’s Ulez – but Mr Khan appeared to have a commanding lead going into election day.

The new ‘combined authorities’ of the North East, the East Midlands and York and North Yorkshire are electing their first ever mayors, with Labour looking set to nab at least two of the three.

Tories, meanwhile, are crossing their fingers in the hope that Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen keep their roles.

If both succeed, it would be a bright spot in what is expected to be a tough set of results for the party, with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt saying they were expecting ‘significant losses’.

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